Chilima’s running mate: 4 names emerge in UTM

Serious challenger for the May 21 watershed elections Vice President and UTM Party president Saulos Klaus Chilima will announce his running mate when presenting his nomination papers in Blantyre next week and it will be one amongst four names we have gathered.

Msowoya: Being considered
Dr Micheal Usi aka Manganya : Being considered
Kambala: One of those considered
NyaLonje: One of those considered

Among the running mates that the State Vice President is considering is that of Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya who dumped the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  for the UTM party.

Ironically, Msowoya did not contest for any position in the UTM party when it held its elective conference in December last year.

Msowoya will also help Chilima garner more votes in the northern region, according to sources in UTM.

Another candidate being considered for the second top most jobs after the May election is businessman-cum-politician Newton Kambala who founded the United Transformation Party (UTP) which later worked hand in hand with UTM during its formation stages.

“Kambala is from the central region and he works very hard as an individual and he will bring a difference to the UTM ticket,” said our source.

Chilima is also said to be considering partnering with Michael Usi, aka Manganya who is also UTM Party Director of Strategy.

Usi who will contest as Member of Parliament for Mulanje Central and will face off ruling Democratic progressive Party (DPP)’s Vice President for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa is seen as a youthful politician who will boost the UTM ticket in the elections.

“Usi has a strong support especially among the youths with his Odya Zake alibe mulandu movement, he will help Chilima garner the southern region vote especially from the Lhomwe belt where DPP is strong,” said the source.

Another candidate on Chilima’s desk for consideration is Agnes NyaLonje, an MP from Mzimba.

“With her as running mate, Chilima will be assured of getting more votes from women because he will be seen as promoting women in politics,” said the source.

Chilima is yet to come out in the open to announce his running mate and the puzzle will be solved on Wednesday 6 February when he will be presenting his nomination papers to contest as a presidential candidate at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

Only MCP President Lazarus Chakwera announced that he will pick his Vice President Muhommed Sidik Mia as his running mate in the polls, the rest of the presidential candidates are keeping the names of their running mates close to their chests.

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hatton
hatton
1 year ago

All the four are leftovers after Chilima failed to convince Maxwel Mkwezalamba in the U. S. A to be his runningmate. Chilima ndi wokula mtima zedi. Between him and Mkwezalamba, who should be the boss?

Poverty die die
1 year ago

Gondwe ndi agogodi, akugwiritsa old thinking’s. Ati dziko lizilamulidwa ndi nkhalamba chifukwa Ali ndi mzeru zokhwima. Peter atamwalira utsogoleri anfautenge ndani. Mwakalambadi

North nyasa
1 year ago

Msowoya is a waste not dependable even not liked by many.He is haunted by 51+1 bill architecture failure

Kalulu Wadwala
Kalulu Wadwala
1 year ago

I suggest bangwe 1. Good material

Mirella K
Mirella K
1 year ago

I cannot comment about nyaLonje koma seriously, it is an illusion to believe Msowoya will bring northern votes into UTM. When it comes to bringing northern votes into a party, then Msowoya is the most useless candidate for that task. Ask MCP and it will tell you more

Paul N
Paul N
1 year ago
Reply to  Mirella K

This is indeed not true that Richard Msowoya is worthy to be running mate for UTM. He cannot bring votes from Northern region

Gabriel Phiri
1 year ago

I think he will choose an outsider/professional to help him seriously delideliver the UTM manifesto.

Cashgate1
Cashgate1
1 year ago

Msowoya? Yayi Sibweni, mbuzi yenecho. No kawemi. Better Manganya. Nyalongwe/KAmbala still not very active at national level. Or worse still, pair with Atupele. Rumours are Peter/ Bushiri??? KwAli

Mtumbuka weniweni
Mtumbuka weniweni
1 year ago

I think am wasting my time supporting this rubbish UTM

kond1
kond1
1 year ago

you are wasting your time indeed . Poti everyone has a choice you can stick to it however know that UTM will finish 3rd. It’s either mcp or Dpp

Bishop Kweeni Simiquer
Bishop Kweeni Simiquer
1 year ago
Reply to  kond1

come on kond1 tell him !!!

Vili Mkucha
Vili Mkucha
1 year ago

North, South, Central is what is standing out in the whole story and the entire debate. When shall we Malawians learn to mention someone without mentioning his/her region? Are we really sure that region can tell someones capabilities?

Bishop Kweeni Simiquer
Bishop Kweeni Simiquer
1 year ago
Reply to  Vili Mkucha

not at all

Sunesis was Sunesis
1 year ago

None of the above will not be able to chosen.Chilima is a vosionally man.

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